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For as long as Obed could remember, he had faith in Christ—but then the coronavirus pandemic turned his life upside down and he started doubting his faith.
“He felt he was drowning,” said James Lee, your Resonate Global Mission missionary. “I said, ‘Well, I’m swimming with you.’”
James met Obed through Compa, a campus ministry that James partners with in Querétaro, Mexico. Obed was in high school at the time, and even though Compa events are primarily geared for university students and young professionals, Obed regularly attended and was warmly welcomed.
Ellie was drowning in feelings of unworthiness. When she started classes at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Michigan, she was excited and hopeful. But it was a tough adjustment. She didn’t know anyone on campus, and she and her roommate weren’t clicking.
“I felt incredibly lonely,” she said.
But you were there for her.
Have you ever doubted your faith? One day Justin* sat down with his campus minister and opened a journal with page after page of questions about God, faith, and the Bible.
“I have some doubts about faith,” said Justin.
Justin was raised in a Christian home where faith was mostly a formality. His mother attended church, but his father did not. Justin grew up learning about faith, but some things were hard to understand—and eventually, he found himself in a faith crisis. Could he have questions and still be a Christian?
Recently Pastor Tim Keller said that post-Covid, every church will need to think like a church plant. If you’re in an established church, do you wonder what he meant by that statement? I asked two of the church planters in our Great Lakes region to share with us what it means to them.
Jon Huizenga, pastor at Rise Up Church in Cedar Springs, Michigan
When I think of Tim Keller's statement that post-Covid every church will need to think like a church plant, four things come to mind:
A car pulled into Emmanuel CRC’s parking lot. The church runs a food pantry, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, anyone picking up food needs to remain in their vehicle. At first, it seemed like another disconnect caused by Covid-19—but church members and volunteers have found a way to build relationships with their neighbors.
Pastor Jeff Hale approached the woman inside the car to gather her information, but he didn’t stop with the facts he needed. They talked a bit, and then, before she moved on to pick up her food, he asked: “Can I pray for you about anything?”